Carolina Lopez-Ruiz is Associate Professor of Classics at The Ohio State University. She is the author of When the Gods Were Born: Greek Cosmogonies and the Near East (2010) and the coeditor, with M. Dietler, of Colonial Encounters in Ancient Iberia: Phoenician, Greek, and Indigenous Relations (2009). Dr. Lopez-Ruiz is currently preparing a monograph, with S. Celestino, on the pre-Roman culture of Tartessos in the Iberian Peninsula (OUP, forthcoming 2014).
"In this generously filled volume, Carolina Lopez-Ruiz has produced a wonderfully rich and wide-ranging selection of texts for the study and enjoyment of mythical themes from the ancient world: Egypt, Mesopotamia, Hittite Anatolia, Syria and Palestine, and Greece and Rome. The volume incorporates various maps and illustrations and a 'Timeline' in five parallel columns that enables readers to place the material from the different areas in its chronological contexts."--Martin L. West, All Soul's College, University of Oxford
"Gods, Heroes, and Monsters successfully reflects the current trend in Classical Studies toward viewing the ancient Mediterranean as an interconnected world, one in which people and texts circulated widely. By bringing such a rich variety of texts and mythological traditions together in translation, this collection will make it possible to offer the introductory student a rich and complicated view of the ways in which the different cultures of the ancient Mediterranean interacted and influenced each other over time."--Carol Dougherty, Wellesley College
"Lopez-Ruiz has created an outstanding resource for the study of Classical Mythology in a wider historical and geographical framework. With authoritative introductions placing each document in context, solid translations, and helpful annotations, this volume at last provides a convenient way to introduce students to the Mediterranean and Near Eastern antecedents of ancient Greek and Roman myths."--Deborah Lyons, Miami University (Ohio)
"An outstanding collection of ancient mythological sources, which juxtaposes the well-known Greek and Roman stories with contemporary and earlier literary texts from the Eastern Mediterranean and the Ancient Near East. The Greek sources alone would justify using the book in a mythology course; the quality and range of the Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Hittite, Ugaritic, Phoenician, and Hebrew sources in it is without equal. This well-organized book will enable teachers to broaden their scope beyond a narrow definition of the Classical, without giving up the use of expertly translated primary sources. It presents mythology as a dynamic, evolving, infinitely varied field where individual authors and age-old common 'knowledge' interact across political, social, and linguistic barriers. The beautiful English translations show a rare combination of meticulous scholarship and literary sensitivity."--Naama Zahavi-Ely, College of William and Mary
"Lopez-Ruiz's sourcebook is a very fine and wonderfully ample collection of mythological texts from the ancient Mediterranean area that will certainly facilitate the study and comparison of Greco-Roman and Near Eastern mythological themes and narratives. The timeline, introductions, notes, and bibliography are quite helpful and very well done."--William Hansen, Indiana University, Bloomington
"Gods, Heroes and Monsters empowers students by granting them direct access to ancient mythological literature. The accurate, modern translations are contextualized by scholarly introductions that feature the current state of research on the various texts. Each section includes Greek, Roman, Near Eastern, and Egyptian texts, grouped according to carefully chosen themes. This book will be an essential resource for any instructor wishing to teach ancient mythology in a manner that emphasizes sources and documents, yet remains accessible and enjoyable for undergraduates."--Marie-Claire Beaulieu, Tufts University